The Arab music scene

The Arab music scene
Updated 08 January 2014

The Arab music scene

The Arab music scene

The Arabic music scene has been literally revolutionized over the past few years. To a great extent, the credit goes to Amr Diab. It was Diab whose fusion of oriental melodies and modern beats attracted the Arab youths. Diab set an example for others to follow thus making Arabic music more vibrant and popular.
It would be worthy to mention two other talented musicians, Cheb Khaled and Sameera Saeed, who played a crucial role in popularizing the Rai music.
We now have Tamer Husni making a mark in Rap music along with some popular rappers from the West. Whenever the history of Arabic music will be written, Egypt will find its rightful place as the hub of music in the Arab world with legends like Umm Kulsum, Abdul Halim Hafiz and Farid Athrash, etc.
It is heartening to note that Arab talent is making waves all across the globe. For instance, Cheb Khaled’s “C’est La Vie” (That’s life) became an instant rage across the globe.
Various talent shows — “The Voice,” “Arabs got talent” and “Arab Idol” — are also playing a crucial role in promoting Arab music industry and are also popular among non-Arab audiences. After watching these programs, one has to admit that they are in no way second to any of their international counterparts. — S.H. Moulana, Riyadh